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[#] Sat Sep 29 2018 08:59:34 EDT from zooer

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Friending is different than following or subscribing?



[#] Sat Sep 29 2018 18:13:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yes.  It doesn't seem to be prominently featured but it's there.  I can't even find the button to access it, other than to click on the alert that said I got a friend request.  From there I can add "people I may know".  But it's not the same thing as subscriptions.

They should have done this back when people trusted them.



[#] Sat Sep 29 2018 20:33:15 EDT from zooer

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I see it, click the quote with the arrow on the upper right of the screen and you will see "friends".

 

 



[#] Sun Sep 30 2018 18:24:45 EDT from zooer

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I friended you and then took away the friend request, apparently it doesn't take away the request.



[#] Wed Oct 03 2018 11:39:27 EDT from fleeb

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Once you friend someone, you can never go back. Eternally locked together, best of buddies, like soldiers in trench warfare, your lives are now inexorably locked together.

Click carefully, o user of web interfaces.

[#] Wed Oct 03 2018 12:26:26 EDT from zooer

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Ignat should be more worried about me as a friend than I am worried about having him as a friend.



[#] Wed Oct 03 2018 13:39:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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You sound dangerous and troublesome. Come on down and we'll sit on the deck and drink tasty beverages.

[#] Mon Oct 08 2018 16:36:52 EDT from zooer

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Google+ 2011-2019
https://gizmodo.com/googles-failed-social-network-google-will-be-no-more-1829602740

The only reason why I joined G+ is when Google discontinued Latatude they did not transition the features to Google Maps, they moved them to Google plus.



[#] Mon Oct 08 2018 18:55:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Oh noes! Google's "f*c*book killer" has failed and is going away. But only after they got caught siphoning everyone's private data off to third parties.

I had high hopes for G+ because Google was still (at least apparently) behaving well at the time, and anything that was bad for f*c*book was good for everyone else. But now they're all horrible.

[#] Tue Oct 09 2018 09:26:50 EDT from fleeb

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If G+ had figured out how to connect people to each other better (e.g. recommending people that you actually know, etc), they might have beaten FB at this game.

Because I think they had the better platform. They did the better job. And in many ways, drove FB to improve their own game.

Unfortunately, I guess FB won.

And Google went evil.

[#] Tue Oct 09 2018 22:07:33 EDT from zooer

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Tue Oct 09 2018 09:26:50 AM EDT from fleeb
(e.g. recommending people that you actually know, etc)

I do remember those moments of "Who the fuck is this and why would I care?"  



[#] Wed Oct 10 2018 12:47:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I think Goolag was trying to create communities of people with like-minded interests, since f*c*book had already cornered the market on people who already knew each other.

And of course, what we already knew has now been revealed:

[ https://tinyurl.com/google-censors ]

An 85-page Goolag briefing entitled "The Good Censor" has been leaked, outlining all of the things they're already known to have done or are now doing.  It plainly states that Google and other tech platforms now “control the majority of online conversations” and have undertaken a “shift towards censorship” in response to unwelcome (to them) political events around the world.  The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a “utopian narrative” that has been “undermined” by recent global events as well as “bad behavior” on the part of users.

Read more in the above link.  Obviously there's little in terms of surprise here; we already know that the big tech companies now consider themselves Thought Police and are doing everything they can to reinforce and entrench themselves in that role.



[#] Thu Oct 11 2018 11:43:23 EDT from zooer

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What is going to be done to change or stop the censorship? 



[#] Fri Oct 12 2018 14:08:37 EDT from fleeb

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Hrm...

Scary, but I can kinda see where they got the idea. When Certain Individuals decided the internet was a great place through which to spread Bat-Guano Crazy Ideology (read: Murder and mayhem), the government probably said something like, 'Hey, maybe you guys can, like, do something about this.'

Or maybe the government wasn't involved at all, and these companies just sorta figured, 'Hrm... this shit fucks with our bottom-line... let's mess around with this really good thing, and then use the technology we learn from it to make even more money.'

And so, our Brave New World.

[#] Sat Oct 13 2018 09:20:39 EDT from zooer

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As more states move to legalize recreational Soma the brave new world will no longer bother you.



[#] Sun Oct 14 2018 15:51:41 EDT from zooer

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Brave New World predicted 2018 better than any other novel.
https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/brave-new-world-prediction-novel

 



[#] Wed Oct 17 2018 10:09:54 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Funny.... I just said to someone that the future lies somewhere between Brave New World and 1984.

[#] Wed Oct 17 2018 11:40:42 EDT from fleeb

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Even if you don't fit in, they'll fit you in. Heh.

[#] Wed Oct 17 2018 11:44:49 EDT from zooer

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Wed Oct 17 2018 10:09:54 AM EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold
Funny.... I just said to someone that the future lies somewhere between Brave New World and 1984.

Others have discussed this as well
https://biblioklept.org/2013/06/08/huxley-vs-orwell-the-webcomic-2/

There are a few pages out there.



[#] Wed Oct 17 2018 12:55:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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What's even more ironic is that there is a meme circulating the innertubes this week which depicts people as NPC's (non player characters) ... Big Brother is so upset by this that they're censoring it. Twatter alone deleted 1,500 accounts in one day.

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